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Many Parents Too Quick to Give Fever Meds to Kids: Poll

Many Parents Too Quick to Give Fever Meds to Kids: PollMONDAY, Feb. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s not always necessary to lower a child’s fever, but parents often do. A new poll from Michigan Medicine found that about one-third of parents reach for fever-reducing medicines too quickly. “Often parents worry about their child having a fever and want to do all they can to reduce their temperature. However, they may not be aware that in general the main reason to treat a fever is just to keep their child comfortable,” said Dr. Susan Woolford, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan Health, in Ann Arbor.“Some parents may immediately rush to give their kids medicine, but it’s often better to let the fever run its course,” Woolford said in a university...

Getting Your Child Ready for Spring Sports

19 February 2023
Getting Your Child Ready for Spring SportsSUNDAY, Feb. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Spring sports season will be here soon, so it’s time to get kids ready after a winter break.Sports can teach valuable lessons, including teamwork, good sportsmanship, good communication, preparing for success, handling a loss, time management and the importance of doing your best, according to Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.Pediatrician Dr. Stacy Leatherwood Cannon offers tips for parents to help kids get started safely.First, get a pre-season evaluation, regardless of requirements or your child's age, she suggested. A doctor can detect any vision issues, joint problems, elevated blood pressure or other concerns that may affect the sports season.If your child was less active in winter, take it slow. Help them work up to increasing...

Complication Risks Rise in Pregnancies Among the Very Young

17 February 2023
Complication Risks Rise in Pregnancies Among the Very YoungFRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant girls who are especially young, those only 10 to 15 years old, face increased risks for complications that include preeclampsia and C-section, according to new research.Investigators from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas also found that these young patients are more likely to have problems during pregnancy that are made worse by obesity.“This study highlights the unique perinatal characteristics of a population that are not often studied in the U.S. -- adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15,” said author Dr. Anne Ambia, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. "Knowledge of these patients’ characteristics and outcomes shows that we have opportunities to intervene to prevent pregnancy and...

Young Kids Eating Too Few Greens, Drinking Too Much Soda

16 February 2023
Young Kids Eating Too Few Greens, Drinking Too Much SodaTHURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Young American children are not getting enough fruits and vegetables, but they are consuming too many sugary drinks, a new state-by-state government report shows.To come to that conclusion, the survey questioned the parents of more than 18,000 children between the ages of 1 and 5 about their kids' eating habits.“This is the first time we’ve had state-level estimates on these behaviors,” senior study author Heather Hamner, a senior health scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN. “It’s a really good time to think about the programs and policies that states have in place and areas where they can continue to work and improve to make the nutrition environment the best it can be for our young...

Do Older Patients Need Radiation Rx After Breast Cancer Surgery?

16 February 2023
Do Older Patients Need Radiation Rx After Breast Cancer Surgery?THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many older women with early-stage breast cancer can skip radiation without harming their survival odds, a new clinical trial finds.The study involved women age 65 and older who had surgery for small breast tumors deemed to be low risk of coming back. Typically, those women undergo radiation after surgery, and then start on hormonal therapy to further drive down the chances of a recurrence.For a long time, the question has been whether those patients can safely skip the round of radiation.Based on the new findings, published Feb. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the answer is yes.Researchers found that post-surgery radiation made no difference in how long those patients ultimately survived: After 10 years, about 81% of trial...

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